Stocken Prison Bike Donation to Age UK & Help The Homeless
Bakers Waste were contacted earlier this year by the Industries Manager of HMP Stocken, Oakham, looking to improve recycling at the facility and investigate opportunities to introduce prisoners at the facility to waste management as a potential career post release.
After a visit to the impressive facilities at HMP Stocken, Bakers Waste have embarked on several joint projects and are working to introduce additional initiatives in the future.
“I was really impressed with the enthusiasm and drive shown by all the staff and governing body at HMP Stocken, this has inspired me to challenge the Bakers team to think about additional ways we can assist. Not only are we looking to offer potential employment opportunities on release and assistance with training for Waste Management related qualifications. We now have several joint recycling projects that we are working on together.”
– Paul Baker, Managing Director, Bakers Waste.
HMP Stocken has several workshops on site one of which restores bicycles, once restored the bikes can be given to charities for use or sale. As part of the work with HMP Stocken Bakers Waste have arranged to collect bicycles and supply them to Age UK Leicestershire and Rutland and Help the Homeless Leicester to sell in their respective charity shops.
Neil Walsh manages the workshops at HMP Stocken and oversees inmates who restore the bikes said: “This is a really positive project with lots of benefits, not least for the people who receive the bikes”.
Paul Baker, Bakers Waste and Neil Walsh, HMP Stocken were pleased to visit the Age UK Store in Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre to pass on the first of the bicycles to Adam Collin, Store Manager.
Lewis Baker of Bakers Waste was delighted to hand over 3 bicycles to Arif Jedsy of Help the Homeless Leicester who opened their brand-new shop on Saturday 8 December on Abbey Street in Leicester.